About the Festival
12th International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf is held between January 11 and 16, 2019 in Drvengrad, Mokra Gora. It is organized by Rasta International under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the town of Mećavnik and The No Smoking Orchestra. Each year, Küstendorf focuses on emerging filmmakers and the greats of world auteur film.
COMPETITION PROGRAMME – The Competition programme of the 12th International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf brings us 21 films by Serbian and international authors. Young directors from Switzerland, Australia, Serbia, Norway, Republic of Srpska, Poland, Russia, Israel, France, Germany, Iran, Mexico, Spain, Macedonia, Turkey, and The Philippines, and their films compete for the Festival awards ‒ Gold, Silver and Bronze Egg
This year’s members of the international jury are Stana Katić, Canadian-American actress of Serbian descent, Slobodan Despot, publisher and writer from Switzerland, and Tancrède Ramonet, French documentary director and audiovisual content producer. The French director of photography, Michel Amathieu, will be deciding on the Vilko Filač award.
This year, the Festival received 718 submissions, and the films selected for competition stood out for their style, craftsmanship and authentic worldview. The Competition programme of the 12th Küstendorf includes 15 fiction, three documentary, two animated and one experimental short film.
CONTEMPORARY TRENDS – Emir Kustirica’s documentary about Jose Mujica ‒ El Pepe, a Life Supreme, which premiered at the 75th Film Festival in Venice ‒ will be shown on the opening night of the Küstendorf Film Festival. Another film in Contemporary trends is Happy as Lazzaro by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, winner of Best Screenplay in Cannes. The film’s actors Adriano Tardiolo, Sergi Lopez and Luca Chikovani will join the workshop following the screening. On the third day, the audience will see Close Enemies and The Gentle Indifference of the World, represented by their respective directors David Oelhoffen and Adilkhan Yerzhanov. Marcello Fonte will join on the fourth day to represent Dogman by Matteo Garrone. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word by Wim Wenders is scheduled for the fifth day, to be followed by a discussion with producer Andrea Gambetta. Brothers Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo will tell us more about their film Boys Cry on the final day of the Festival.
RETROSPECTIVE OF GREATNESS presents Drugstore Cowboy with film’s actor Matt Dillon participating in the workshop. The Festival will also host actors Slavko Štimac and Sergi Lopez, with films The Lone Wolf by Obrad Gluščević, Do You Remember Dolly Bell? by Emir Kusturica and Western by Manuel Poirier selected from their rich filmographies for the retrospective. Also, this section of the programme will show Miloš Forman’s Taking Off and Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900.
KÜSTENDORF PRESENTS is showing You Have the Night, the first feature film by the Montenegrin director Ivan Salatić, and Game Girls by Alina Skrzeszewska.
During the Festival, Kapor gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by painter Ratko Grlić, as well as a photo exhibition celebrating 70 years of the Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź.
MUSIC PROGRAMME – Every night, after film screenings and workshops, concerts complete the celebrated night life of Küstendorf. Festival guests will enjoy the performances of The Advahov Brothers Orchestra from the Republic of Moldova, the Italian musician Vinicio Capossela, the Norwegian-Serbian ensemble Jovan Pavlović and Marko Marković Brass Band, Serbia’s Kal, and Biljana Krstić and the Bistrik Orchestra.
Küstendorf International Film and Music Festival is one of the few festivals in the world recognizable for its exchange between the young and the veteran artists, hosting celebrated authors, actors and musicians, film authors and film students from around the globe, and other eminent guests from the world of film.
Mećavnik can be reached from three different directions: from Belgrade, from Višegrad, or from Zlatibor.
From Belgrade, there are multiple routes. From Belgrade, the most frequent route is taking national road M22 to Ljig, highway on the route E376 to Preljina, then road M5 through Čačak, Požega, and Užice. From Užice, follow E761 through Kremna. At the tenth kilometer after Kremna, there is a sign on the right-hand side to turn for Mećavnik where Drvengrad is located. The second way to travel from Belgrade is through Valjevo, Bajina Bašta, and Kremna, and then to continue as previously explained.
From the west of the Balkans, take the M5 highway across the national border. The turn for Drvengrad will then be on the left-hand side of the road. From the south of the Balkans, travel through Zlatibor, following E761 and E763.
From the Belgrade bus station, there are several daily departures for Višegrad. In this case, the passenger should tell the driver in advance to stop at Mokra Gora railway station as this is not one of the regular stops.
The Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival was founded in 2008 with the idea to bring together the icons of contemporary author’s cinema and young, future filmmakers. The festival takes place every year in January in Drvengrad in Mokra Gora, organized by “Rasta International” and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. The founder of this unique film and music festival is celebrated film director Emir Kusturica.
Kustendorf is a unique festival, without red carpet, billboards and advertisements, fully devoted to film, music, friendships and exchange of creative ideas and energy.
Drvengrad, the town made of wood, is the center of all festival happenings. It is a place where films are screened, concerts performed, where people meet, make friends, fall in love, work, learn, rest, sleep, eat, think and enjoy. Like any other town, Drvengrad has a central square with the church of St. Sava, a library, an art gallery, a market, a kindergarten, a “prison”, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hair salon, a pastry shop, a grocery shop, a sports area, cinemas, restaurants and many other facilities that make the visit to the Festival an unforgettable experience.
The film programme at Kustendorf Festival is screened in several theatres. The Competition Programme and the Contemporary Trends Programme is screened at the biggest, Damned Yard theatre. Other films are shown in the Noam Chomsky amphitheater. After the projections of films, workshops are held by renowned film authors.
Every night at midnight, after the screenings and workshops, various music stars perform on stage.
No two rooms are alike in Drvengrad, since each room contains uniquely painted and handcrafted furniture, a different view and a different path leading to it. The rooms are located in authentic log cabins and all provide a bathroom, TV, phone and Internet access. During the Festival, accommodation in Drvengrad is booked for guests and participants of Kustendorf. Guests are also accommodated in hotel Iver in a newly opened ski resort, and Vizitorski centar, in close proximity of the village.
Restaurant Visconti – local and international cuisine provided for the Festival participants and guests
Cafe The Damned Yard – a perfect place to meet people in a great atmosphere
National restaurant Lotika – a national cuisine restaurant
Pastry shop Kod Ćorkana – sweets and hot drinks
Kapor Bar – a place to enjoy jazz music
Kind and diligent staff at the reception of the Mećavnik hotel will provide you with all necessary information about the festival, accommodation and events, and give answers to all your questions.
Like in previous years, young filmmakers and students whose films will be presented at the International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf, will be picked up from Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport by our welcome service and transferred to Kustendorf – Drvengrad.
Emir Kusturicа, Svetolik Mićа Zаjc, Milicа Jelаčа, Nenаd Meršnik, Mаrko Milosаvljević, Mаjа Kusturicа, Mаrijа Meršnik, Nаnа Kusturicа, Drаgаn Rаdivojević Lаv, Drаgаn Teodorović Zeko, Stevan Spasić, Ivan Milosavljević, Strаhinjа Mаrković, Aleksаndаr Jаkonić, Christopher Mondt, Dаnijelа Rаkić, Katarina Mihajlović, Milica Milosavljević, Vlаdimir Milаnović, Mаrinа Pаlаlić, Dejan Janković, Oliverа Isаilović, Brаnko Tomović, Ilija Nikolić Svetac, Uglješа Vrcelj, Žаrko Bubаlo, Željkа Bаšić Stаnkov, Jelenа Stojаnović, Dejana Pakledinac, Sаšа Kаrаnović, Wolfgang Lange, Anđela Ilić Rajović
The 12th Küstendorf
International Film and Music Festival
11-16 January 2019
Milorada Mitrovića 15
11 000 Belgrade
tel / fax: +381 11 24 31 505
Programme Coordinator – Guest Service